Update on 16.08.2019: From today we will process the payments and buybacks and credit investors’ accounts as soon as Aforti Finance makes daily transfers to us in full.
Aforti Finance will resume passing borrower payments to investors on Mintos starting from today. Automatic repayments and buybacks for loans originated by Aforti Finance were earlier suspended on August 7th. From today we will process the payments and credit investors’ accounts as soon as Aforti Finance makes daily transfers to us in full.
Disruptions to transferring borrower payments from Aforti to Mintos arose amidst technical issues with the reconciliation of outstanding balances and discrepancies in the buyback status between Aforti and Mintos IT systems. This resulted in cash flow mismatches and irregularities in Aforti transferring borrower repayments to investors on Mintos marketplace.
To protect investors, the suspension of trading Aforti Finance loans on the Secondary Market will continue until further notice.
We thank our investors for their patience as we worked through this situation.
Considering the previous and this week’s developments with Aforti Finance, we combined our last announcements to share a recap of the situation.
Nine months ago, in December 2018, we started to notice a weakening performance of loans originated by Aforti Finance. At the same time, due to technical glitch loans that were current according to Aforti Finance IT system were reported to be late and subsequently went into buyback status on the Mintos side. That created a mismatch in cash flows from borrowers that Aforti Finance received and cash flows they had to pass to investors. In January 2019, after discussions with Aforti Finance, we proceeded with a mutual agreement that Aforti Finance will not be placing new loans on the Primary Market to avoid further discrepancies. Aforti Finance continued to service loans that were funded on the Mintos marketplace. Also, investors could sell and buy loans originated by Aforti Finance on the Secondary Market on Mintos.
In light of issues described above and adverse changes in the mood of the Polish securitization and bond market, we reflected our view by downgrading Aforti Finance to C+ in March 2019. During this time Aforti continued to service the loans and investors received the payments that were due to them. Accordingly, the total outstanding portfolio of loans originated by Aforti Finance and funded on the Mintos marketplace decreased from EUR 5.7 million on December 31, 2018, to EUR 2.2 million as of August 12, 2019.
Last week, due to the growing mismatch in cash flows that Aforti Finance received from borrowers and that they have to pass to investors, we experienced disruptions with Aforti Finance passing payments to investors on the Mintos marketplace. As a result, we decided to suspend automatic repayments and buybacks. We also suspended trading of Aforti Finance loans on the Secondary Market to protect investors while we clear the situation. We set up an immediate meeting with Aforti Finance in Warsaw, Poland to assess the cause of the delays and most importantly – to understand next steps. Aforti Finance has now addressed the discrepancies in the loan statuses in their IT system and on Mintos, and has committed to resume payments to investors.
Mintos team closely followed comments and questions raised to our Investor Service team and posted on our blog and social media. It took time while we have gathered all facts, double checked them and confirmed with Aforti Finance, a subsidiary of publicly listed Aforti Holdings, before taking any decisions or actions and communicating them to investors. We remain committed to timely communication and transparency with our investors.
Please feel free to reach out to our Investor Service team in case you have any questions. We are always happy to help.